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Microsoft Axapta: Design Factors Shape System Usage Part Two: Distribution Environments
If you are implementing or considering Microsoft Axapta as your ERP system, or providing Axapta-related services, this note provides an overall understanding of

axapta article  Supply Chain using Microsoft Axapta by Dr. Scott Hamilton System Usage in Distribution Environments The standardized functionality in an ERP system shapes its usage. Efforts to use the system should be guided by (rather than run counter to) its fundamental underlying design. This section reviews the major design factors affecting system usage in a distribution environment; the next section covers factors affecting usage in manufacturing environments. A distribution environment typically involves the Read More
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Microsoft Axapta: Design Factors Shape System Usage Part Three: Manufacturing Environments
If you are implementing or considering Microsoft Axapta as your ERP system, or providing Axapta-related services, this note provides an overall understanding of

axapta article  Supply Chain using Microsoft Axapta by Dr. Scott Hamilton, available at Amazon.com and book stores. System Usage in Manufacturing Environments The standardized functionality in an ERP system shapes its usage. Efforts to use the system should be guided by (rather than run counter to) its fundamental underlying design. This section reviews the major design factors affecting system usage in manufacturing environments. Manufacturing environments transform purchased materials into saleable items. In addition Read More
Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Two: Understanding Planning Calculations
The S&OP game plans drive coordination of supply chain activities based on planning calculations. The primary coordination engine-termed the master scheduling

axapta article  Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta by Dr. Scott Hamilton. The book can be ordered on amazon.com. Part One began the discussion of Sales and Operations Planning . Part Three will present Common Scenarios . Part Four will propose Guidelines and Case Studies . Reprinted with permission from McGraw-Hill Considerations about the Master Scheduling Task Explanations about an item's planning data provided some baseline considerations. Additional considerations include the master plan policies, pegging Read More
Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Three: Common Scenarios
The nature of a sales and operations planning (S&OP) game plan depends on several factors, such as the need to anticipate demand, the item's primary source of

axapta article  Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta by Dr. Scott Hamilton. The book can be ordered on amazon.com. Part One began the discussion of Sales and Operations Planning. Part Two detailed Understanding Planning Calculations. Part Four will propose Guidelines and Case Studies. Reprinted with permission from McGraw-Hill S&OP Approaches for a Make-to-Order Product The game plan for a make-to-order manufactured item depends on the approach for anticipating demand of stocked components, the need for direct Read More
Microsoft Axapta: Design Factors Shape System Usage Part One: User Interface and Customization
If you are implementing or considering Microsoft Axapta as your ERP system, or providing Axapta-related services, this note provides an overall understanding of

axapta article  Supply Chain using Microsoft Axapta by Dr. Scott Hamilton Introduction The starting point of this book* is that supply chain management (SCM) requires effective use of an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Its central theme focuses on using Microsoft Axapta for managing supply chain activities in manufacturing and distribution firms. Its target audience includes those individuals implementing or considering Microsoft Axapta as their ERP system as well as those providing Axapta-related Read More
Plex Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI
I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming

axapta article  Systems Replaces Seven Silo Applications At CCI I recently read an article about the implementation and go-live experience of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a relatively small metal-forming manufacturing company called Clips and Clamps Industries (CCI). This Plymouth, Michigan–based family-owned company is a metal stamping supplier to the automotive industry and produces a variety of custom-made items for its industrial customers. The business flow therefore involves many Read More
The Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I
C.R.M. itself is an acronym, standing for Customer Relationship Management. This is part one of three-part article to provide explanation and meaning for most

axapta article  Lexicon of CRM - Part 1: From A to I The Lexicon of CRM Part 1: From A to I R. Garland - October 12, 2001 0 - A  360 degree view of the customer - A term used to describe the ability for virtually anyone in the company to know anything about the customer (products bought, support calls made, web site visits conducted, etc.). A complete, 306 degree view of customer information. 3G - Supposedly the ultimate wireless protocol technology that is already being used in areas outside of North America where Read More
Why Selecting an ERP System Is Like a 12-Step Recovery Program
So, I was looking over this article, and it suddenly occurred to me that there are uncanny similarities between AA’s 12-step program and the ERP selection

axapta article  Selecting an ERP System Is Like a 12-Step Recovery Program So, I was looking over this article , and it suddenly occurred to me that there are uncanny similarities between AA’s 12-step program and the ERP selection process. Is your business on the road to recovery? Find out! * Step 1 We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. ERP selection translation : For “alcohol,” substitute “broken business processes” (by extension, for “alcoholics,” read Read More
Service Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability
This article describes the unique challenges of the service supply chain, provides a framework for understanding the service management decision hierarchy, and

axapta article  Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability Abstract The last decade has witnessed a substantial shift in emphasis on the part of many OEM manufacturers, from a focus on the products they produce to a concentration on their customers and the value that their customers derive from ownership and use of these products after the initial product sale. The importance of service is made clear in a recent AMR survey 1 of manufacturing companies which revealed that service represents 24 Read More
EAM versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company
This article looks at where computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) end and enterprise asset management (EAM) takes over, focusing on features and

axapta article  versus CMMS: What's Right for Your Company Originally Published - March 15, 2004 Enterprise asset management (EAM) software and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) continue to grab headlines as a realistic way to reduce expenses and increase revenues. For one, maintaining an adequate level of repair and service parts inventory based on forecasted equipment usage can prevent already-limited funds from being over-allocated just to achieve a false sense of security. Also, an effective Read More
Who’s Who? Sorting Out the e-Logistics Players Part 1: The Situation
Sure, you’ve sold it, but now you have to ship and deliver it: E-commerce comes to transportation and logistics. This article outlines some of the latest

axapta article  Who? Sorting Out the e-Logistics Players Part 1: The Situation Who’s Who's Who? Sorting Out the e-Logistics Players Executive View    The fundamental promise of e-commerce is to empower the customer. In transportation, logistics and other behind the scenes aspects of e-commerce, new services and capabilities are beginning to fulfill this promise, not just for Fortune 500 companies but for small and medium firms and for those with specialized requirements as well. These solutions range from Read More
Talking to an Emptoris Exec Post-Empower 2011 (and Pre-IBM 2012)
I recently published a TEC article about my attendance of Emptoris’ Empower 2011 user conference this past fall. What follows now is my deep-dive interview with

axapta article  to an Emptoris Exec Post-Empower 2011 (and Pre-IBM 2012) I recently published a TEC article about my attendance of Emptoris’ Empower 2011 user conference  this past fall. What follows now is my deep-dive interview with Terrence Curley, Senior Vice President (SVP) of Product Strategy and Development at Emptoris, with the idea of developing some of the main messages from the conference. During this past year, with the acquisition of Rivermine , the telecom expense management (TEM) solution Read More
Is Your Enterprise Application on a Road to Nowhere?
Consolidation is a well-documented trend and is to be expected in the market for enterprise applications. This article outlines the evolution of the enterprise

axapta article  Your Enterprise Application on a Road to Nowhere? Originally published - December 22, 2006 Your business changes continuously. You add and drop service or product lines. Your customers demand new and challenging levels of flexibility or integration with their operations. New laws and regulations require that you track more and more data on your operations in highly specific formats. And there is the relentless demand to increase operational efficiency and product quality year after year while reducing Read More
The AS/400 Takes You Securely Where You Want to Go
This article on the built-in security features of the AS/400 system originally appeared in the Midrange Computing’s Showcase Magazine, June 2000.

axapta article  AS/400 Takes You Securely Where You Want to Go The The AS/400 Takes You Securely Where You Want to Go L. Taylor - June 20, 2000 The following article appeared in Midrange Computing's Showcase Magazine, June 2000. Note: For additional articles by Laura Taylor, click on the Security category in the Research Panels box on the TEC website home page. Event Summary An off-shoot of System/38, the AS/400 was originally going to be called the AS/40. However, purely for marketing purposes, IBM added an extra Read More
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My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity analyzed SAP’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components

axapta article  Tell All Chat with SAP's SCM Product Marketing Team My recent article SAP SCM – Stepping Out of (Relative) Obscurity  analyzed SAP ’s revamped comprehensive supply chain management (SCM) suite, its major components, and its supply chain process bundles. In addition to receiving a number of public comments and ratings by TEC ’s readers, I was recently roasted privately during a lunch meeting with a couple of peers. Namely, they expressed their surprise at the quite positive tone of the article, Read More

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